building

noun
build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Definition of building

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

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Synonyms for building

Synonyms

edifice, structure

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Examples of building in a Sentence

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.

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By this time next year, the Esperanza will be putting on a pachanga to celebrate the transformation of the building, whose Art Deco features date to 1942. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "A shrine to conjunto music on San Antonio’s West Side will rise again," 13 July 2019 Any attempt to park there immediately brings out hired hands from the building to warn people off. Stephen Rex Brown, chicagotribune.com, "A New York billionaire cut the curb in front of his mansion, scaring off cars and creating a parking space for himself on a crowded street," 12 July 2019 These backpack-sized antennas and radio technology are placed on lampposts and on the sides of buildings to help distribute spectrum needed for heavy mobile-data transmission in urban areas. Rani Molla, Vox, "US mobile speeds are super slow. Here’s what we can do about it.," 12 July 2019 Among the items for sale at the museum are replicas of the Union District School, maps of old South Windsor, and schoolhouse notepaper, with proceeds used for maintenance of the building. courant.com, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 11 July 2019 Straight girls and gay girls.’’ The parade is named for the strands of ticker tape that used to be showered down from nearby office buildings. Ali Swenson, BostonGlobe.com, "Fans cheer World Cup champs as leaders on and off the field," 10 July 2019 The parade is named for the strands of ticker tape that used to be showered down from nearby office buildings. Ali Swenson, Houston Chronicle, "Fans cheer World Cup champs as leaders on and off the field," 10 July 2019 The parade is named for the strands of ticker tape that used to be showered down from nearby office buildings. Time, "Megan Rapinoe Swigs Champagne With Fans During Triumphant Women's World Cup Victory Parade," 10 July 2019 Its current location moved it as far away as possible from all other buildings, Lochrie said. Laurel Weibezahn, sun-sentinel.com, "Las Olas Marina plans grow bigger," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of building was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for building

building

noun

English Language Learners Definition of building

: a structure (such as a house, hospital, school, etc.) with a roof and walls that is used as a place for people to live, work, do activities, store things, etc.
: the act or process of making structures by putting together materials

building

noun
build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Kids Definition of building

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage an office building
2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure

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